Charging any mobile phone from a power outlet in French Polynesia

A page showing how to recharge any mobile phone from a French Polynesian power outlet by using USB micro type B connector and a Type B USB charger, powering any mobile phone using a double pinned Type A power adapter and how to charge any mobile phone using a Type E USB plug

French Polynesian power outlet

Complicated standards and plug types can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country if you've never visited before. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent visitors worrying if they'll be able to power their mobile phone when they're going abroad.When you are visiting French Polynesia the following useful instructions show how to power your mobile phone by using their types E, A or B 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If the mobile phone charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to French Polynesia from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, check that the device is a dual voltage device (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use.

This how-to guide is for a generic mobile phone and assume the phone has a standard micro USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a headphone socket. For a specific mobile phone visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in French Polynesia

Can the mobile phone be used in French Polynesia?

Yes, you can connect any mobile phone to a French Polynesian power outlet by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for any mobile phone in French Polynesia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your mobile phone then the best international travel adapter for French Polynesia is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different types of wall outlets that French Polynesians use (types E, A and B) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your type of mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters plus additional support for certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring seperate power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your mobile phone at an airport or on the flight. Due to their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for a flexible power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for French Polynesia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both French Polynesia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting French Polynesia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting French Polynesia. [9] [AD]
What is the best power adapter for any mobile phone in French Polynesia?

Powering any mobile phone with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using Type B USB cable and a Type A USB adapter to power any mobile phone with a French Polynesian power outlet.

  1. To power the mobile phone using the French Polynesian power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the French Polynesian power outlet. The power supply, technically called a Type A power outlet [2], can be recognised by the 2 thin slots next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB micro type B cable into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the Mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (note you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Powering any mobile phone with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a French Polynesian power outlet

A page showing how to recharge any mobile phone from a French Polynesian power outlet by using Micro USB type B cord with a 3 pin Type B USB charger.

  1. In order to power any mobile phone from a French Polynesian power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter in the French Polynesian power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the two thin slots next to each other with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the longer grounded pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the Mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (please note you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on the bottom or side of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a French Polynesian power outlet

Powering any mobile phone with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Instructions on how to power any mobile phone from a French Polynesian power outlet using USB micro type B connector and a Type E USB charger.

  1. To charge your mobile phone using the French Polynesian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. This recessed round power outlet can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral plus one long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the Mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (please note that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the French Polynesian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone will indicate that the device is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
Powering any mobile phone with a French Polynesian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - French Polynesian country Wiki page
  2. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  3. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, under £2.
  4. USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable - Used to connect USB devices which have a USB Mini-B port to computers, power supplies and other devices, £5-£10.
  5. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  6. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, £15-£20.
  7. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  8. Type E USB power adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on Type E USB chargers which are placed 19mm apart and may include a hole for an earthing pin, costing £5-£10.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.